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debater. >> that is in response to reports that romney is prepping and plans on taking jabs at the president. obama spokeswoman is saying don't expect the president to fire any blows and he looks forward to continuing his conversation with the american people. the president is traveling with a prep team, david axelrod anita dunn and senator john kerry. kerry is playing romney during the mock debates with the president. the team is hunkering down to get the president ready. romney is campaigning in denver today with a stop with the wings over the rockies museum. paul ryan is at a rally in iowa. early voting in iowa is now underway. a washington post poll out this morning shows 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win reelection and a washington times zombie poll has the president with a pretty good lead. more coming up after the break. stay with us. you're about to watch an ad message created by a current tv viewer for capella university. matter. education is the key. it is the vehicle. it's the way in which we evolve. every journey is different every possibilit
already on who's going to have the best zingers. governor romney is a good debater. >> not so sure if he's a good zinger. the presidential last debate was back in 2008. he and mitt romney have never gone head to head. romney does need a win to make this a game changer. the match-up will be wednesday night in denver and of course, we know that you'll be tuned in right here to current tv tv for all of our pre and post-debate coverage. 83% of respondents to a new abc news poll said they're interested in the debates as well. so you're in good company. the supreme court starts a new session today. it plans to take up at least three big issues. it will focus on gay marriage, voting rights on affirmative action. fist stop will be affirmative action. opening arguments october 10th has to do with a city in texas and whether it will continue to use racial preferential as a factor in admissions. we're back with more steph after the break. presents coverage of the presidential debate. with unrivaled analysis and commentary. >>
showdown. president obama and mitt romney hunker down for their high stakes debate in denver. >>> and bumpy ride. a 10-year-old philadelphia boy is arrested after swiping and crashing a van. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with air scare. suspicion is swirling around american airlines after two flights in three days were returned to new york's jfk airport. the reason, passenger seats came loose on both planes. the first incident occurred on a flight from miami to boston. >> during climb out, passenger seats row 12d, e and f came loose out of the floor. passengers are unable to sit in that seat. >> the federal aviation administration says seating in both planes had recently undergone maintenance. the airline has grounded eight 757s for inspection. >>> republicans are hoping the first of three presidential debates tomorrow night will be a game-changer for mitt romney. right now he trails the president in every battleground state. a new quinnipi
campaign calling romney an experienced debater. paula and rob? >> in that october 3rd debate, they will be debating domestic policy. tahman bradley in washington, thank you for that report this morning. >>> as the campaign heats up, the president delivered what will likely be his last major address on the world stage before election day. speaking before the u.n. general assembly, he called on leaders to stand up against the violence and extremism. he defended free speech. but criticized the deadly protests across the middle east. and the president had much praise for murdered u.s. ambassador, chris stevens. >> we're serious about these ideals. we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of the crisis. today, we must reaffirm that our future will be determined by people like chris stevens and not by his killers. >> the president vowing to bring stevens' killers to justice, while continuing to support democracy in the muslim world. >>> and it is setting up to be another big day at the u.n., as the spotlight now shifts to arab leaders. iran's president, mahmoud ahmadinejad, i
is convinced debates are about moments. >> the idea that i am anti-immigrant is repulsive. >> romney will come armed with several one-liners. >> clearly, they have been practicing zirng angers and linr months. that's not what the american people are looking for. >> the president is being coached to be crisper and shorten his answers. the former democratic candidate says mr. obama need to avoid being irritable. >> he has to relax, show a little sense of humor. show why he is lookable. >> reporter: the debate wednesday night is set for 90 minutes and will be entirely on domestic issues. the first half on jobs and the economy. the second half on health care and other issues. david kerley, abc news, the white house. >> looking forward tight. >> starts at 9:00. eastern. live. >> side-by-side in director's chairs. >> look you and i. sure they'll be sharing a beer. >> yeah. >> not really. >> not so much. >> interesting though, the majority of americans, i think two to one, think president obama is going to win. but, still this could, this still could prove to be a huge opportunity for him. i think it
is a terrific the better. mitt romney is preparing for the debates and carry play the role of standing for president obama in during the mock debate. i think people should expect romney is going to come in their prepared he is going to do very well because he has done very well in all of the debates. >> i think sometimes we expect major breakthroughs but that doesn't happen very often happen with reagan and mondale with reagan and carter, but frankly i cannot remember the last time there was one of these comments that grabbed everyone's attention the candidates are well prepared and well scripted. >> on sunday president obama headed to las vegas for a campaign event. chris in a much lower for kron 4 news >>. a poll shows president obama has a 4 point lead over canada mitt romney. president obama, 44.6 percent of those voters say they favor wrongly so it is a pretty tight race. fifth frost in tune in on wednesday we will be airing the debate in its entirety or you can check out our comcast channel 193. >> the state's republican party hired a trustee to consultant to hit the streets. a f
. >> the first debate against president obama and his challenger mitt romney is just three days away. karen traverse reports on what both sides are doing to prepare for the showdown. >> president obama and mitt romney were out of the public eye as they get ready for that you are first debate this wednesday. with the campaign duties. and vice president biden stumped in florida for the second consecutive days. he slammed republicans and the bush administration for the skyrocketing deficit. >> by the time the reigns got turned back over to bach and me, they had doubled the national debt in eight years. >> with his path to the white house shrinking, florida is looking like a must-win area for romney. but his running mate focused on new hampshire. the granite state has just four electoral votes but ryan said it could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts into a stink stage with the high stacks showdown 2003 president obama and romney
, everyone. the first debate against president obama and his republican challenger mitt romney is just three days away. karen traverse reports on what both sides are doing to prepare for the showdown. >> president obama and mitt romney were out of the public eye as they get ready for their first debate this wednesday. the exarch trail duties fell to their running mates. vice president biden stumped in florida for the second consecutive days. he slammed republicans and the bush administration for the skyrocketing deficit. >> by the time the reigns got turned back over to barack and me, they had doubled the national debt in eight years. >> with his path to the white house shrinking, florida is looking like a must-win area for romney. but his running mate ryan focused on new hampshire. the granite state has just four electoral votes, but ryan said it could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts into a different stage with the high st
today. [ bell chimes ] [ applause ] >> stephanie: mitt romney says the debate is not about winning. >> oh. [ applause ] >> stephanie: that's because he is going to lose. >> all right. take care then. bye-bye. >> the lakes. the end of the lakes. pancakes. >> stephanie: yeah, he is just going to be shouting objects at that point. all right. the president. >> obama: who is going to put the most points on the board? [ cheers ] >> obama: no, no, governor romney, he is a good debater. i'm just okay. >> consider your expectations lowered. >> stephanie: all right. >> how low can you go? >> stephanie: karen in virginia you are on the "stephanie miller show." hi karen. >> hi, miss stephanie. how are you. >> stephanie: good. okay. >> caller: it is pouring down rain here in virginia. cantor's tears because wayne powell came out swinging in that debate. ♪ let's hear it for the boy ♪ >> caller: he started out swinging and all you could see was cantor just -- you could tell he was getting furious. >> he was probably bitchy faced -- >> caller: he didn't answer any questions. he d
state. and that's the whole idea here, as the president and mitt romney get ready for the debate. paul ryan and vice president joe biden are on the campaign trail. specific new hampshire. the race here is kind of close. the most recent poll shows president obama with a five-point advantage over mitt romney. definitely a very close contest here in new hampshire. this is a state that may not know paul ryan very well, but knows mitt romney very well, who was governor of neighboring massachusetts. he owns a vacation home here in new hampshire. spends a lot of time in this state. >> thanks so much. we're going to keep an eye on it. certainly get ready to hear those debates. thanks so much. >>> ann romney has been a pretty constant presence on the campaign trail. now she's opening up about a big concern. >> i think my biggest concern, obviously, would just be for the -- his mental well-being. i have all the confidence in the world in his ability, in his decisiveness, in his leadership skills, in his understanding of the economy, in his understanding of what's missing right now in the economy
, ironically enough, romney may have an advantage. he had 19 debates during the primaries. all the republican debates. the president is rusty after four years. see how that factors out. both men doing a lot of prep. >> all this dirt, dirty lawn dream was aired out for everybody to see and hear. romney during the 19 debates. >> yeah, yeah, a lot of practice for sure. all right, in california, nearly 1,000 firefighters plan an all-out assault on a fire that is still smoldering near the border with mexico. >> the blaze killed one person and burned a dozen homes. abc's brandi hitt from los angeles with more on the destructive fire season so far. brandi. >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. a deadly and costly year battling wildfires. here in california we haven't even reached the peak of fire season yet. fast-moving flames from the wildfire have kept fire crews in southeastern san diego county on their toes for three days. >> there was just flames that came up over the top -- i couldn't believe it. i thought i was dead. >> reporter: unfortunately this fire has turned deadly. firefighters rec
has to be ratified by 51% of the officials. >>> president obama and mitt romney campaign in virginia today, their first debate next week. yesterday the candidates were in ohio going head-to-head on such issues like taxes and foreign trade. for romney it's a mission in ohio to make up ground on the president with time running out. susan mcginnis is in washington with more on this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. ohio is considered a must-win for both candidates. they've been spending so much time that governor kasich joked they should start paying taxes in the state. it illustrates how important this handful of swing states are. president obama and mitt romney are following each other from one battleground state to another. on wednesday ohio was their target. >> you probably are aware that there's an election going on right now in ohio. >> i believe you're going to help me win ohio. >> reporter: today it's a quick flight to virginia. >> we're a compassionate people. >> reporter: on wednesday romney tried to convey a more empathetic candidate. >> we're a charitable people. >>
. the first debate between >> the first debate between barack obama special mitt romney is just four days away. while they are preparing for the showed own in denver on monday, their runningmates are in the battleground states. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney were out in the public eye today, as they get ready for their first debate this wednesday. so the campaign trail duties fell to their runningmates. vice-president biden stumped in florida for a second consecutive day. he slammed republicans and the bush administration for the skyrocketing deficit. >> by the time the reins got turned over to barack and me, they had doubled the national debt in 8 years. >> reporter: with his path to the white house shrinking, florida's looking like a must-win for romney. but today, his runningmate, ckman paul ryan, focused on new hampshire, with four electoral votes. but ryan said that could be a difference in the race that will come to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. [cheering] >> reporter: the cam
the first presidential debate, mitt romney is hammering the president on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and the chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> how are you doing? >> god bless you, sir. >> thanks. >> reporter: bumps in the road also describe what's the romney campaign has been unable to avoid if recent weeks, costly distractions and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the  message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget -- nothing! except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture of dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> reporter: while vice president biden was fighting for votes in florida, the president was calling on congress to help homeowners, even as he defended his campaign's weak spot. >> so we're moving in the right direction, but we're not there. >> reporter: a point up for debate as the presidential candidates get ready for their first showdown on wednesday. brian mooa
and romney. >> if you take a look at the history of debates, it is not about policy specifics. it is not really about facts. every change that happened in -- because somebody's style did badly or did well. >> both candidates will spend the next few days in intense prep sessions. trailing in the polls, romney may have the most on the line. his campaign is looking at this debate as a chance for a game changer. karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> the city and county of san francisco are looking for poll workers for the upcoming election. applicants must be u.s. citizens, at least 18 years of age and registered to vote in california. all positions are one day assignments and pay between $125 and $170. for more information on how to apply, just go to abc7news.com and click on see it on tv. >>> critical mass events are continuing throughout the weekend in more than 300 cities worldwide as the group celebrates two decades of pushing for cyclist rights. and a farewell bike ride is set for tomorrow afternoon beginning at 16th and valencia, and going to ocean beach. no arrests afte
. >>> the first debate between president obama and the republican challenger mitt romney is just four days from now. karen travers reports what they are both doing for the showdown. >> they were out of the public eye as they get ready for their first debate this wednesday. there will be campaign duties to their running mate. biden stumped in florida for a second consecutive day. he slammed the bush administration for the budget deficit. >> they had doubled the national debt in eight years. >> with his path to the white house shrinking, florida you is looking like a must win scenario for romney. but today paul ryan focused on new hampshire. the granite state has four electoral votes, but ryan said that could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts to a different stage with wednesday night's high stakes showdown between president obama and romney. >> if you take a look at the history of debates, it is not about policy specifics. it is n
to start the important week of mitt romney's quest for president and that would be the debates. first time people have seen mr. romney and obama interacing for 90 seconds at a time. >>> and goodness knows they have practiced enough. and it is an important moment particularly for governor romney. everyone has seen president obama a thousand times over the last five years. mitt romney has been seen but not in the context of the presidency . that's what a debate is. it gives a challenger an opportunity to stand toe to toe with an incumbent president x. we'll see if all . practicing pays off. >> don't be surprised if the polls after the debates. larry has a speech in baltimore at lunchtime. thank you for joining us live. >> thank you, steve. >> steve: straight ahead. admit it. you have a favorite child. wait until you hear what is happening to a father who admitted that. an american hero who tried to take his own life. dacota myer system here next with a story that no one heard until now. good morning. ♪ keys, keys, keys, keys, keys. ♪ well, he's not very handsome ♪ to look at [ sighs ]
as the presidential debates approach, a spokesperson starts down playing how his candidate will do, hoping that reports will be that barack obama or mitt romney did better than expected. it has nothing to do with who is really scoring more points and it doesn't fool anyone. we have all seen this kind of public relations stunt before no one is buying it. both candidates are smart and articulate, and skilled at this kind of debate, both campaigns and their candidates should be focusing on the serious questions that need to be answered. here are a few, for mitt romney governor you have attacked the individual mandate requirement in the president's health care plan, but approved it for massachusetts, and you, newt gingrich, and the heritage foundation argued it was the key to sound health care economics until barack obama adopted explain why the individual mandate is no longer essential to health care economics. second question, put aside the language about foreign policy and the rhetoric about not apologizing, name who things you would do differently about iran and ru
-change. as you know the all important debate a week from tomorrow. they action knowledged mr. romney was practicing and has research sessions this week. >> a lot of pressure on that debate. thank you, david. what about the man who will face the governor, the president? he was making a case today but before a world audience of allies and adversaries at the united nation. he gave a passionate tribute to the u.s. ambassador killed in libya and called on the world to make a stand against extreme is. here's jake tapper. >> reporter: the president made the focus of his united nations speech about a man who wasn't there. >> i would like to begin today by telling you about an american named chris stevens. >> reporter: with a tribute to a u.s. ambassador to libya, attacked and killed in the dead of night in beghazi two weeks ago today. today -- extolling the humanity and hope stevens stood for. >> if we are serious about those ideals, we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of the crisis. today, we must affirm that our future will be determined by people like chris stevens, and not by
that are more befitting a poorly researched high school debate. the reason the romney campaign at the end of the day is stumbling so seriously is that mitt can't quite figure out what he believes and even if he knew, he wouldn't be able to summon the courage to say it outloud. does mitt romney really believe that president obama thinks ambassador stevens' death was just a bump in the road? romney's spinelessness and on obfuscation of the treat speaks of a lack of respect for the voting public. he feels he can talk down to us, woo us without providing any answers and in the end be smug enough to make his innermost thoughts apparent only to those who pay $50,000 for a lunch to hear them. there's a lesson in all of this. democracy works. the public senses the lack of core mitt. it senses the lack of respect. it senses the lack of strength and it senses the lack of character all of these voids manifest about mitt romney himself. that's my view. now to my point. (vo) jennifer granholm ... >>for every discouraged voter, there are ten ang
and president ahmadinejad. >>> not to be outdone in the foreign policy debate, mitt romney took the stage, too. he was at the clinton global initiative earlier this morning. former president clinton introduced him. he took a swipe at the obama administration by noting the current state of fairs overseas. >> syria has witnessed the killing of tens of thousands of people. the president of egypt is a member of the muslim brotherhood. the ambassador to libya was killed in a terrorist attack. iran is moving toward flunuclea weapons capabilities. we feel like we're at the mercy of events rather than starting events. >> mr. romney reiterated that -- >>> it's the call everyone is talk about. packers versus seahawks. should the players union pull the members off the field to support the nfl referees? i'm barack obama and i approve this message. romney: "is time to stand up to the cheaters" vo: tough on china? not mitt romney. when a flood of chinese tires threatened a thousand american jobs... it was president obama who stood up to china and protected american workers. mitt romney attacked obama's deci
performance in the first debate one week from today. the man who plays mr. obama in romney's mock debate sessions, though, tried to lower expectations playing up the president's experience. >> he has been through a lot of those one-on-one debates with a republican. mitt has not, and you think about it, he hasn't had a real debate in ten years because these republican debates tend to be more like candidate forums. >> reporter: tuesday the chief candidates both made whirlwind visits to new york city. president obama aaddressed the u.n. general assembly addressing iran's efforts to build nuclear weapons. >> a nuclear-armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: those strong words didn't satisfy romney. >> we can look at the record the last four years. is iran closer to a nuclear weapon or not? we know the answer. it's closer to a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: and both candidates tried to one up each other in praising bill clinton at the former president's global conference on global giving. romney joked about the clinton bounce in obama's polls after the democratic conve
: robert gibbs. >> mitt romney has anned a van tenure because he has been through 20 of these debates in the primaries over last year. he bragged that he was declared the winner 16 of those debates, so i think having been through this much more recently than president obama. i think he comes in with the advantage. >> he was debating, herman cain 999, and rick santorum oops. >> low bar. >> stephanie: if mitt romney has to drop out -- [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: -- because of what does peggy noonan call it, a rolling calamity. this guy may step in. robert san felipeo had a son, he struggled however, not so good apparently with the baseball -- >> i feel his pain. i was not an athletic boy at all. i tried soccer for a year it didn't take. >> i liked soccer because i couldn't be accused by my dad of throwing like a girl. >> stephanie: i was on vacation with roland and he threw something into the ocean, and i was like give me that. [ applause ] >> you played softball. >> stephanie: of course i did. any way $50,000 of his own money. he recruited like i
policy debate that continues to emerge. romney's initial strategy focusing on jobs and economy to exclusion of everything else will simply not work in a world chaotic as this. bill: carl cameron. at the clinton global initiative also known as cgi. carl mentions two important dates. october 3rd debate which is a week from tomorrow and 42 days before america votes as of today. six weeks. martha: we'll have a preview this morning in some senses of the two and their stances on foreign policy we're just getting started. very important morning developing here in new york. both speechs. mitt romney at the clinton global initiative that gets started moments away. we will hear from president obama at the united nations. we'll get reaction from former u.n. ambassador to the u.n. john bolton. we'll have his take on what he expects the president to say. bill: there is criticism from the white house after president obama referred to the recent turmoil overseas as bumps in the road. we'll talk to house majority leader eric cantor. his reaction on that. we'll be live in moment. >> vice-presid
or. the romney campaign, saying that's what he was talking about. and governor romney trying to manage expectations about his big moment. one week from tonight, the first debate with the president. >> the president is an eloquent speaker. >> reporter: his wife, ann, talking about the last time romney ran. >> four years ago, i made a videotape. and i said, mitt, this is for you, sweetheart. i'm never doing this again. and he looked at it. and he said, you know, ann, you say that after every pregnancy. >> reporter: some humor from ann romney overnight. this campaign tells me they believe the race, particularly here in ohio, is closer than these polls indicate. but they need a game-changing moment, george. they acknowledge that. and it could come one week from tonight. as i mentioned, the debate. but you heard mitt romney overnight trying to manage expectations in the days leading up to it. >>> let's get more from our newest political analyst, nicolle wallace, for the bush campaign in 2008. let's start with the three states. so much comes down to ohio, florida, virginia. we have
, the debate. but you heard mitt romney overnight trying to manage expectations in the days leading up to it. >>> let's get more from our newest political analyst, nicolle wallace, for the bush campaign in 2008. let's start with the three states. so much comes down to ohio, florida, virginia. we have the map right there, right now. mitt romney has to win two out of three of those states. heeds behind right now. >> you're going to hear what was mathematically possible. what mathematically possible usually isn't politically realistic. they have to plant a flag in ohio and fight like crazy. they have to fight to bring that ohio number closer. i believe them when they say that they're probably not ten back or eight back. but they're behind. and they acknowledge that. and you they have to pin a flag in florida, too. >> a republican cannot do that. they're spending three days in ohio this week. another new poll number out from our "washington post" poll this morning, showing views and perceptions of the romney campaign. 61% have an unfavorable view of the romney campaign. so much of governor romne
romney can't deliver a stiletto line with real vigor and agr aggressi aggression. and i hate to use this, but-- >> we'll see, the fact is i think if you go back to the primary debates, i think that mitt romney did a very good job of performing an important opportunity when it counted and i think he's risen to the occasion. the fact is we know that president obama is a skilled debater and he's an or atore and this is his bread and butter, but i think that mitt romney is going to be very prepared to make the contrast, to show the difference between him and barack obama, give america a choice. i think ultimately, this is going to come down to not just the economy, but come down to broken promises and i think we've got a complete disaster going on on barack obama's watch in the middle east and he's going to have to answer for that. so now national security is coming into the debate. stuart: we look forward to the first debate october 3rd, i believe it is, that would be next week and appreciate you being with us. come and see us again, please. good stuff. stuart: thank you, stuart. >> i see
thrilled about either of them and i don't think we know what romney would do differently. the problem with this debate is that we come back to bill exactly what you were just saying, which is the only thing left is bombing iran. and then you hear even people who are criticizing obama saying, no, we don't want to do that. where does that leave us? i think obama has done the right thing in terms of trying to use sanctions, trying to even have the cyber attack. it's not like he hasn't been engaged on it. but it just comes right down to the fact that the only thing that's going to stop them is attacking them. >> bill: i don't know about that. i'm going to put forth another scenario. i want to correct one thing. we do know what romney is going to do. he's going to embrace israel harder. he's going to say look, i'm -- >> how is that going to change anything? really, bill? >> bill: romney basically said he's being going to back their play and obama won't. >> i don't understand -- >> bill: he's not going to stop them. >> what is romney specifically going to do? go to war? >> bill: no, he's go
of the economy or foreign policy, i think he will lose. if we have a very small ball debate where the romney campaign spends two days criticizing president obama for not having the following six meetings and what about the sentences he said, obama thinks he can ride that to a narrow but clear victory. i think he's probably right. so i think the key is to mange the big -- make the bigger arguments against president obama. jon: you were a big advocate for the candidate service of paul ryan -- candidacy of paul ryan before he became mitt romney's vice presidential choice. has he brought the kind of gravitas to the ticket and some of these issues to the fore that you were hoping for? >> yeah, i think so. look, in the two-and-a-half weeks after ryan was picked, the romney/ryan ticket narrowed the gap from about four points to one point. it's opened up again to close to four points because i think at the convention and afterwards the romney campaign has lapsed into a kind of pre-ryan campaign. i think ryan's clarity about the choice ahead is helpful, his criticism of the replacement rests this mor
much debate between the republican candidate mitt romney and president obama -- we will open up the debate and expand the debate as we so often do on "democracy now, "to a third party candidates. we will be in denver, to and we will have third-party candidates responding to the same questions being put to mitt romney and president obama. we will broadcast democracy now.org and on radio as well. you raised the issue of the critical vote as we traveled through pennsylvania. a whole issue of voter suppression and having been in charlotte, a great civil-rights city, where the students from the historical black college in 1960 set up a lunch counter in to grant them and yet, what do we see today? state after state, efforts to suppress voting rights instead of expanding them. not enough people vote in this country. in pennsylvania, there is legislation now on the books that could disenfranchise between 750,000-1 million people. president obama won by 600,000 boats in pennsylvania last time. this really does determine the election. i don't care who you are for. this will determine the
have for mitt romney given the state of the election campaign right now? >> well, i think, you know, the debates e very important for him. >> crucial? >> i think so. and i think if he's going to double down on that 47% remark, that will cause difficulties bee no know that the overwhelming number of those people work and have children and the reason they don't pay federal income taxes is the median income is as low as it was in 1995 now, and until the current eleion season, republicans and democrats crpported both the child tax it andhe earned income tax credit. this is a rejection of basicmor bipartisan policy to support workingfamilies. it is not a bunch freeloaders. >> there he goes. piers mo bringing up the 47% from the secretly videotaped moment in that fund-raiser back in, what, may. but no big sis hs going straight for that 47% line. noand quite interesting because bill clinton on my show tually a few months ago had, of course, supported mt romney over his record of bain capital and refused to join inhe obama super pac bashing of romney over that. >> that made news. >> it mad
you think mitt romney needs to come out with swinging as a topic, as a headline in that debate to get the polls back in his favor? >> he needs to come out with something that shows he gets i. i -- it. ronald reagan was good at that, newt gingrich was good at turning the tables on questions this primary season. mitt romney would like to have some of that. that's not really his strong suit. the second best thing for mitt romney would be a major gaffe by president obama, so perhaps mitt romney could goad the president a little bit into some comments about small business other thans or something else. owners or something else. because the race is close enough that any change could have an impact. but, cheryl, historically debates have not moved the numbers all that much. four years ago when barack obama debated john mccain, mccain was down by five points when he went into his debate, and when he came out of the debate, he was down by six points. virtually no change. i think events on the ground, perceptions of the economy, economic news, perhaps things from the middle east still could hav
president obama campaigns in nevada tomorrow, romney will spend the weekend preparing for that debate. watch that debate live on k.t.v.u. channel 2 wednesday beginning at 6:00. >> there are more accusations of voter fraud in florida. the state says suspicious voter registration forms have turned up in at least 10 counties. the florida republican party says it blames the firm it hired. the g.o.p. national committee paid more than $3 million to the company strategic allied consulting for voter registration and get out the vote operations. but the republican party says it fired the firm after apparent phoney registration forms started to turn up. >>> it's 7:11, and thousands of convictions in jeopardy. what a crime lab chemist is accused of doing that has the justice system scrambling. >> and giants getting ready to play tonight, but will buster posey get into the game. food poisoning in san diego, and the curve ball that has the team watching it very closely. >> first we'll go outside. there is the mack maze in oakland. you can see things moving just fine in all directions of the freeway, as t
. every day for us. >>> let's move to politics now. president obama and mitt romney are fine-tuning their message to voters with the first presidential debate one week away. chuck todd is nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, savannah. no swing state has been harder for mitt romney to gain traction in than ohio. it's why he's got this bus trip this week, trying to get it back into play. the president is heading it there today to try to put the state away. it's why they are both there this morning. >> it is time to get the real refs, and you know what, it reminds me of president obama and the economy. if you can't get it right, it's time to get out. >> reporter: barnstorming through ohio, the republican ticket is hoping their bus tour will make up lost ground as more polls show mitt romney trailing president obama in this pivotal swing state. in dayton tuesday romney hammered mr. obama on taxes. >> one idea, i admit, one thing he did not do in his first four years which he said he'll do in the
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